Lord Shiva

Temple History

The temple of Lord Shankara (Shiva) is situated in the heart of the city on a hill called Pahari Mandir. It is a bare black land outcropping in the midst of a flat land. The age old Pahari Mandir is located 8 kms from the railway station and 12 kms from the airport. The 2140 feet Ranchi hill houses the temple at its summit. One needs to climb a flight of 468 steps to reach the summit.

This place is fast developing into a religious tourist site as this is the best place to have a bird’s eye view of the city of Ranchi and also attain some salvation by paying ones obsequies to the Lord. A huge crowd of Shiva devotees gather here between the months of February and October, during Shivaratri and other important days earmarked to pray to the Lord. The Lord also known as Pahari Baba is worshipped in the form of a linga. The hillock also known as Richi Buru is famous for its breathtaking views of the city and some spectacular sunsets and sunrises.

The Republic Day and The Independence Day holds a special significance in this temple premise as this is the only temple which unfurl National Flag in this days.

At the foot of this hill is the beautiful Ranchi Lake. The lake was dug by a Britisher; Colonel Onsely in 1842 is frequented by all visitors for its beauty. The lake is flanked by two temples and a pillared bathing ghat where tourists heading to the Pahari temple take a dip before proceeding to climb the steps of the hillock. The people of Ranchi have a unique way of remembering the heroes who sacrificed their lives during the freedom struggle. It is said many freedom fighters were sent to the gallows atop this hill. When the country won freedom, the residents of Ranchi, decided to pay respect to those martyrs by hoisting the tricolor on the hill. And the tradition continues with people hosting the tricolor during Independence and Republic Day atop the temple as a mark of respect towards those who sacrificed their lives. This is a unique gesture found at a temple, which is rare and special.

The temple also has the relation to some freedom fighters of Ranchi. The real name of this beautiful embedded old shiv mandir which is about 300 ft. high is 'Richi Buru'. The temple built on top of Ranchi or Fansi hill can be reached by climbing a flight of steps, numbering a few hundreds. From there the devotees can have spectacular views of the city and the Ranchi Lake which is flowing through the bottom of the hill.

It is a very charming and imposing temple of Lord Shankara which is another name of Lord Shiva. Ranch hill was earlier being known as Phansi Tongri and it was the place where freedom fighters were hanged to death. To remember the importance of this important hill in the freedom movement, tricolor flag is unfurled on the Independence Days and Republic days.

The surroundings of temple have well maintained picturesque surroundings and to reach the temple at the top of the mountain requires tapping up of more than 300 steps. Most of the devotees visit this place to make their wishes and also make the opportunity to thank Lord Shiva for the blessings. One can have a bird’s view of the whole Ranchi city from the temple premises and the view is really an enchanting eye- pleasing experience. The trees of different species add to the beauty of the hill especially during the rainy season. During Shravan time, the devotees offer Jal (Dhara) to Lord Shiva and the Shravan season is a major draw of visitors.

Mangala Aarti, Bhog Sringaar, Saloni Aarti, Sringaar Aarti Darshan and Manokamna Aarti are five(5) daily Aartis offered at Pahari Mandir.


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Parallely it is also known for its pious festivals which are been celebrated graciously in there specific time. Many devotees surrounding Ranchi came here in this time to offer there respect to the Deities. Chants of ‘BOL-BUM’ and the jingle of kanwars fill the morning air at the Pahari Mandir every year on the days of the auspicious Shravani Mela. Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. Varshik Mahotsava or Annual Ritual is celebrated every year in December. A huge amount of Devotees gather here on this auspicious occasion.

The Republic Day and The Independence Day holds a special significance in this temple premise as this is the only temple which unfurl National Flag in this days.

Star Hotels, Budget hotels and lodges are available for the devotees accommodation in Ranchi city.

Ranchi city is equally connected by Roadway, Railway and Airway with all the major cities of India. Ranchi is situated on NH 23 and 33 and is connected by regular bus service with all major towns within the state.

Ranchi Railway Station is 4.6 km and Hatia Railway Station is 8.8 km from the temple. These are the two major railway stations in Ranchi. Private transport, Cycle-Rickshaws and Auto-Rickshaws are available from the railway stations and bus stations.

Birsa Munda Airport (Ranchi) is the nearest airport with is just 9 km.

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